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Threads of Feeling
The Foundling Hospital welcomed its very first charges in 1741. The rowdy, filthy London streets were teeming with abandoned children, and founder Thomas Coram sought to create a home where mothers could leave their babies anonymously and know they'd be cared for. more…

Littleton, NH
Just L Modern Antiques
If New Hampshire's White Mountains are on your travel list, you're probably psyched for hiking, skiing, and just generally soaking in the fresh air and sweeping vistas. A stop in Littleton, though, for those who view shopping as a sport, is likely to be the high point of your trip. more…

Castelnaud-La-Chapelle, France
Château des Milandes
A turreted 15th-century château, flanked by hundred-year-old magnolia trees, has one of the best views of the rolling hills and tiled-roof villages of the Dordogne Valley. It's a view you don't see much in St. Louis, where Josephine Baker slept on the streets as a child—perhaps that's one of the reasons the music-hall star splurged to buy the manse in 1947. more…

Las Vegas
World's First Drive-Thru Wedding Chapel
Vows are exchanged, horns are honked, and another happy couple drives off down the Strip. The world's first drive-thru chapel was the brainchild of Charolette Richards. more…


In an ancient stone stable, dinner is served every night at 9 and announced by the tinkling of a bell—one of the many aspects that makes Baba feel less like a restaurant (especially one in bustling Rome) and more like you've lucked into an invite to a warm, wonderful dinner party in the country. more…

Greenfield, Wisconsin
Kopp's Frozen Custard
Yes, so it's getting cold in this part of the world—but don't give us that 'bringing coals to Newcastle' bit. Winter, in our view, is exactly when you need ice cream the most. You don't need to be reminded of summer in summer. more…

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Thierry Blouet Cocina del Autor
When your grandfather spent three decades as the manager of the George V in Paris, hospitality is bound to be in your blood. And Thierry Blouet got more than that—the man can cook. more…

Warrensburg, NY
Oscar's Smokehouse
No story about bacon should ever have an unhappy ending and this one almost did. Oscar and Edith Quintal opened Oscar's Hickory House in the town of Warrensburg, New York, in 1943. After a fire in 1945, they rebuilt in a nearby location, where they've been ever since. more…


Brixham, UK
Agatha Christie's Country Retreat
At Greenway, the South Devon house where Agatha Christie spent summers from 1938 until her death in 1976, it's hard not to let your imagination run wild: That paperweight? Total murder weapon. Gardening tools? The shovel could come in handy if you needed to, you know, bury something. more…

Eureka Springs, Arkansas
The 1886 Crescent Hotel

The Crescent Hotel, a well-preserved dowager at 124 and counting, came into being in 1886. Sited atop a mountain in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, it was the last word in luxe for this part of the country for decades, though for a period served as a hospital and as a school for girls in its off-season. It might fit into the landscape less dramatically over the years if people hadn't kept dying there and then sticking around. more…

Luang Prabang, Laos
3 Nagas

Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in the northern section of Laos. The ancient former capital of the country is surrounded by mountains, at the meeting point of the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers… more…

Teuge, Netherlands

Flying first class (or in a private jet, while we're talking crazy) is one of the few true out-of-reach luxuries for even those with a healthy sense of the splurge. Oh, to be on the comfier, roomier, cloth-napkinier side of that tiny curtain. more…

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